December is definitely the most wonderful time of the year! It is festive, magical, and full of holiday parties, gift exchanges, family visits, social outings, and lots of holiday cheer. I love making the most of the holiday season by doing some of my favorite winter activities and traditions. With Christmas only five days away, make sure you check the following activities off your holiday bucket list!
Decorate Your Tree and Home for the Holidays
Decorating the Christmas tree for the holidays will always be one of my favorite traditions. The spirit of Christmas is in the air as you officially begin the holiday season by transforming your home into a magical space filled with twinkly lights. As an added bonus to get into the Christmas spirit, I love playing Christmas music while decorating. Growing up, I always loved helping my mom decorate the tree and our home, and this year was my first time decorating my very own tree at my very own apartment (well with my roommate, of course!). The best part was starting a new tradition on my own (how very adult of me) and realizing that everything I know about decorating comes from what my mom has taught me (but this is true for everything, not just decorating).
Host a Holiday Sleepover for your Girlfriends
Remember the excitement of 12-year-old you headed to your friend’s house for a sleepover? What if I told you you could have that feeling again? This holiday season, spread the joy by hosting (or attending) a sleepover with your girls. It will be just like your childhood memories (but with adult beverages and even more fun). Make sure you wear the appropriate attire (JAMMIES), and gather the essentials – wine, chocolate, hot cocoa, and girl talk, and get ready for a fun and festive night!
Participate in a White Elephant Gift Exchange
White elephants don’t have to be awkward, they’re actually a really fun way to exchange gifts with your friend group, co-workers, or even your closest girlfriends. Whether the gift is supposed to be small, funny, dumb, or actually nice, the fun of the game comes from not knowing what you’re gonna get and also the best part – the stealing! There’s always the one super popular gift that everybody wants and the friendly “stealing” is a really great way to share a good laugh and spread holiday cheer.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at Your Local Christmas Market
One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to the local Christmas market. In Chicago, it’s the traditional German market – Christkindlmarket, where you can enjoy yummy spiced wine in a festive souvenir mug you get to keep (SWEET!) and maybe a pretzel or some apple strudel. Christmas markets also have beautiful ornaments from different countries around the world and other festive gifts for sale. This holiday activity makes for a great date night, or even a quick lunch break with your friends or co-workers.
Give Gifts and Spread Love
‘Tis the season for giving! (And also receiving.) Everyone knows the excitement of opening gifts during the holidays, but giving gifts to your loved ones and seeing their faces light up is an even greater feeling. Make it a priority to get all of your holiday shopping done and give your family and friends a reason to smile. Whether you buy them something they’ve been eyeing or make them something sentimental, make sure to spread the love this season and give as much as you can.
Some of my other favorite activities of the winter season include ice skating, watching “bad” Christmas movies, baking, drinking hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music… I could go on forever. Whatever you do this holiday season, make sure you spend time with your loved ones because that’s what the holidays are all about. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A working professional and a lifelong dreamer, Bohdana strives to merge her passions with her everyday reality. She is a proud Ukrainian and a loyal Chicagoan (despite the winters). She loves traveling, reading, pursuing self-improvement, and sharing her stories. Allow this blog to bring you motivation and inspiration on your own journey to rise beyond.